Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence - Oregon

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Circumstances That Constitute Witnessing

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 163.160

In criminal law: An assault is witnessed by a child under the following circumstances:

  • When it is committed in the immediate presence of, or is witnessed by, the person's or the victim's minor child or stepchild or a minor child residing within the household of the person or victim
  • If it is seen or directly perceived in any other manner by the child

Consequences

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 163.160(3)(a)

Assault in the fourth degree is a class A misdemeanor, except when it is witnessed by the person's or the victim's minor child, when it is a class C felony.